Rebecca Farmer

Rebecca Farmer

Rebecca Farmer is studying for an MPhil/PhD in creative writing at Goldsmiths, with a focus on Radio Poetry Drama. Her work has appeared in The London Magazine, The North, The Rialto, Poetry Review, The Warwick Review, and other journals.

She was an overall winner in the 2013-14 Book & Pamphlet Competition.

The poems are personal and engaging. Reviewers often overuse the phrase 'deceptively simple,' but I think in Farmer's case it's more a case of the poems being straightforward and honest. The ghosts in Farmer's poetry allow her to explore different elements of grief and bereavement. 

- Maria Taylor, Under the Radar


Farmer aims to unsettle us so as to make us consider our own lives afresh, and she succeeds throughout her pamphlet. Read it if you dare!

Matthew Stewart, Rogue Strands


This outstanding pamphlet is ultimately up-lifting, because of the restrained energy in the poems and their openness to the world.

Carol Ann Duffy


Here’s a world where Croydon becomes Venice, ghosts inhabit fridges and quotidian reality is both honoured and transformed. Her voice is arresting – heartfelt, too.

Blake Morrison


Richly imaginative, elegant and spare, Rebecca Farmer’s poems salvage a bleak beauty from profound loss.

Moniza Alvi


Review of Rebecca Farmer’s Not Really in Rogue Strands

The Man in My Dreams

You never believed he was dying.
You never believed he was dead.
You dreamed he lived in his garage alone
and the wind blew the hair off his head.

He told you he'd bought a bicycle.
He told you the doctors were wrong.
He didn't look ill as he held your hand
and sang you an Irish song.

His bicycle stood on the table.
He wanted to fry you an egg.
He asked if you had any washing.
You know I love you he said.

None of this has been easy.
It's all been a very big change.
The fried egg tasted of strawberries -
I thought at the time this was strange.

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